Guests - If You want access to member only forums on HSO. You will gain access only when you Sign-in or Sign-Up on HotSpotOutdoors.

It's easy - LOOK UPPER right menu.

  • Announcements

    • Rick

      Members Only Fluid Forum View   08/08/2017

      Fluid forum view allows members only to get right to the meat of this community; the topics. You can toggle between your preferred forum view just below to the left on the main forum entrance. You will see three icons. Try them out and see what you prefer.   Fluid view allows you, if you are a signed up member, to see the newest topic posts in either all forums (select none or all) or in just your favorite forums (select the ones you want to see when you come to Fishing Minnesota). It keeps and in real time with respect to Topic posts and lets YOU SELECT YOUR FAVORITE FORUMS. It can make things fun and easy. This is especially true for less experienced visitors raised on social media. If you, as a members want more specific topics, you can even select a single forum to view. Let us take a look at fluid view in action. We will then break it down and explain how it works in more detail.   The video shows the topic list and the forum filter box. As you can see, it is easy to change the topic list by changing the selected forums. This view replaces the traditional list of categories and forums.   Of course, members only can change the view to better suit your way of browsing.   You will notice a “grid” option. We have moved the grid forum theme setting into the main forum settings. This makes it an option for members only to choose. This screenshot also shows the removal of the forum breadcrumb in fluid view mode. Fluid view remembers your last forum selection so you don’t lose your place when you go back to the listing. The benefit of this feature is easy to see. It removes a potential barrier of entry for members only. It puts the spotlight on topics themselves, and not the hierarchical forum structure. You as a member will enjoy viewing many forums at once and switching between them without leaving the page. We hope that fluid view, the new functionality is an asset that you enjoy .
Sign in to follow this  
buzbunni

Early morning hardwater

Recommended Posts

So, who hit's the ice in the early a.m.?

Set-up would likely be a tad more difficult because you'd be doing it in the dark, and I would think you would want to have a bit of familiarity with the area you were fishing because it's no fun scouting in the dark/cold. I'm betting the traffic on the ice would be down significantly.

I'm thinking about trying it because it works better with my schedule, but I gotta admit, I ain't no earlybird. I figure a couple cups 'o Joe, and a few jumping jacks might help to get me going. I usually target walleye and northern pike, but I'd be curious to know if the crappies are biting in the morning as well.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I do most of my eye fishing on Devils Lake in the morning. I leave the house at 0400 and expect to have my holes drilled by 0600. The bite usually starts at 0645 and ends around 0830. I like to drill about 10-15 holes right away and then i set up 2 tip ups, 1 deadstick and jig with the 4th line (Nd allows 4 lines). I am usually home by 1200 about the time my wife is ready to go for the day and i enjoy the rest of the day with the family. Less conflict in life:)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

In no way am I a morning person......EXCEPT for fishing. I like to be on the lake 45-60 minutes before sunrise. Crappie bite for me has been great in the morning this year. Grab a thermos and fill it with your favorite bean juice and away you go. I substitute my jumping jacks for some early tip-up action. wink

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I love fishing early morning, the lake is usually empty and if anyone else is out there they are are a die-hard fisher person and will be respectable and quiet.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I've set up before sunrise before but I haven't really caught many fish before about 45 minutes to an hour after it get's light out. Don't know if it's because of the depth I fish at or what but I just sleep in...or better get out in the perm the night before and wake up when the rattle reels start ringing wink

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I dont mind getting up to the jingle of the rattle reel in the morning before the alarm goes off. But if the alarm goes off first than its time to start jiggin.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

i usually get most of my crappies in the morning. an hour or so before sunup till right after the sun breaks the treeline and starts getting bright. then i switch to spearing pike and tipup fishing till noon. that is my most productive fishing. of course if i am on new water, the approach is a bit different....

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

AM can be very productive and rewarding. I would know the spot you want to set up on, usually areas were fish move into during evening hours will also have fish moving through early so that can be a good place to start.

Always easy to wake up for fishing!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I dont mind getting up to the jingle of the rattle reel in the morning before the alarm goes off. But if the alarm goes off first than its time to start jiggin.

walleye-

I grew up near Kimball and was just out in the area this last weekend. Did real good with the crappies. What lakes you usually hit?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I like to go early if possible, especially in the metro.

I'm feeling the encouragement everybody.

I mostly fish in the metro, and so I'm gonna take your advice jwhjr. I think I'll do a couple evening scouting trips for prep, and then go from there.

I too love the rattle reels in the morning on an overnight, but I think I'll stick with jiggin' and tip-ups when I set up in the morning.

Starting.......now!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now

Sign in to follow this  



  • Posts

    • Down this way I have been getting most my fish around weed edges and weed clumps. Trigs for good edges and chatterbaits worked on bottom or over the weeds, kinda how I would fish a jig. Water around here is pretty murky right now. Docks have been good on those lakes with dirty water and not so many weeds.
    •   You'd poke yer eye out. 
    • Hi, from the Northwest Angle! Water temps are staying consistently in the low 70’s.

      Stateside, walleye fishing has been good from Lunatic to Garden Islands. The edges of islands and reefs in 22-29’ will provide walleye, perch and occasional large pike. Most productive methods have been minnows on gold spinners and deep diving crank baits in UV tiger, clown and blue/chrome.

      Canadian walleyes can be had jigging minnows with gold, pink, and chartreuse on edges of reefs.  Monkey Rocks is holding many schools of fish currently, as well as, reefs south of Deepwater Bay. Bottom bouncing outside these reefs will produce fish as well. Muskie fishing has slowed a little, however nice fish in upper 40’s can be caught in “windows” of time, usually coinciding with Majors and Minors.

      We hope to see you for some fantastic fall fishing & hunting!
    • He isn't going to set the world on fire, but only been a minus guy 3 times in his entire career. While Scandella is a -10 for his career. Quincey is more physical so I think that will be good. There is probably more upside with Scandella, no, definitely there could be, but he was really terrible last year. Perhaps Quincey gets paired with Dumba. That would be good for Dumba because when he was paired with Leopold he had his best stats following picking him up.
    • cloudy and rainy here today is gonna take all the fun out it. I do know the fish didn't cooperate for a sundown bite last night.
    • After two years cables go too.  Its all about maintenance.  If you case them and keep them lubed up there are plenty of people that have had electric jacks for may years.  Good reason its becoming almost a standard upgrade on many RV's out there.  Will report back, we are pulling the house back from the lake in a couple  weeks so should get a start on it inside of the month.
    • Any type of charging/starting systems should ALWAYS be fused. Basic wiring 101. If not, and you fry the he** out of something, no complaints are allowed.
    • The guy that built my frame talked me out of them. He said the first yr or two there great. Then problems start, he said I would be coming back to him and putting a winch system back on. He said he has taken the electric off lots of frames and put them back to winch system.   With the two speed winch and a cordless drill it is so easy.
    • The only thing to use them for, If I had one!      
  • Our Sponsors